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on our broadcast tonight, the long fight. the war in iraq, longer than world war ii, back in the news with new violence and a new version of the story from a bush white house aide. the epicenter. our nbc news crews finally arrive to see the worst of chile's earthquake. tonight we'll show you what th found. shakeout. the ingredient that is far too common in america's diet and the alternatives. and making a difference, because the homefront is a sacrifice all its own. "nightly news" begins no captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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good evening. it will go down in history among the events that shaped our times, the decision by president george w. bush to go to war in iraq after the united states had been attacked on 9/11 with no direct connection between the two. the united states has paid a heavy price for the war, which will be seven years old later this month. that's a year longer than all of world war ii. 96,000 american service men and women are still stationed in iraq. more than 4,300 americans have died there. more than 31,000 have been wounded. the war's financial cost is estimated to be north of $700 billion and growing. the iraq war is back in the news tonight because of new violence there. just like the old days. and because of a new take on t war from an old hand in the bush operation, karl rove. we begin tonight with our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> the architect karl rove.
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>> reporter: now karl rove, the architect of george w. bush's elections says if not for the threat of weapons of mass destruction, there probably would have been no iraq war. in "courage and consequence" which we bought at a washington book store before its official release, rove writes, "congress was very unlikely to have supported the use of force resolution without the threat of wmd." since no such weapons existed, rove asks, "did bush lie us into war?" his answer, "absolutely not." others back him up. >> i don't think we did it on a false pretense. we did it on the basis of intelligence that turned out not to be true. >> reporter: others say president bush decided to go to war long before the u.n. could evaluate the evidence. as early as july, 2002, former state department official richard haass writes, "condoleezza rice brushed away his concerns about iraq saying
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the president made up his mind." that same month, british prime minister tony blair was told in this memo from his advisors, it seemed clear bush made up his mind to take up military action, even if the timing was not yet decided, but the case was thin. >> they wanted to take out the saddam hussein regime. the weapons of mass destruction only fueled that drive. i think what really changed things was 9/11, and it made them feel that they could not take the kind of risks after 9/11 they might have been willing to live with before 9/11 >> reporter: rove answers critics about the infamous flyover of new orleans on air force one after hurricane katrina, writing -- "our decision was right for the relief effort, but wrong for president bush's public standing." >> it was clear to everybody that he still had to go, to bear witness, to understand the suffering that was going on there. >> reporter: in his book, rove blames local and state officials
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for the disastrous response to katrina, which most outside observers say as much as iraq marked a turning point in the fortunes of the bush presidency. >> replaying a little history here. andrea mitchell starting us off here in washington. thanks. a quick program note here, much more on karl rove when he appears on "today" tomorrow and next monday and tuesday morning here on this nbc station. as the debate over iraq continues, so does the war itself, with another election at hand and new violence just today that left at least 17 dead, but life is very different for the nearly 100,000 americans still stationed in iraq. the story from our chief foreign correspondent richard engel who is in iraq tonight embedded with the first armored division. >> reporter: they were lined up to vote when a suicide bomber in baghdad slipped into the crowd, but american troops today didn't secure any of the blast sites. america's new mission in iraq is
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now strictly behind the scenes. to understand it, we joined a scout platoon living on an iraqi police station in southeast iraq. here, lieutenant jesse crimm coordinated american drones over voting stations. >> we are not kicking down doors in any way. >> reporter: no direct combat as u.s. soldiers are severely limited. under a new security agreement, u.s. troops are mostly confined to their bases. they rarely leave without iraqi permission. it's a training mission now, and some american soldiers have mixed feelings about it. when sergeant kyle fogerty was in baghdad three years ago, his unit was attacked by roadside bombs 18 times a week. this time, most of his soldiers haven't fired a shot. >> that's a positive thing. i mean, seeing all the hard work we put in over the past years has paid off. >> reporter: but some soldiers here feel they're no longer needed. >> i believe it's time for us to
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move out. it's come to the point where we train these guys, they already know everything we're training them. they are acting on it, and you see the success. >> reporter: time to go? >> it's time to go home. >> reporter: his platoon leader disagrees, but admits most of his soldiers would rather be in afghanistan, in the fight, not cooped up on base. >> if you trained to be a doctor and then you came to a country and all you did was help out doctors, you had to stay in the waiting room and trying to help them out the best you can. that's basically what we are doing here. it's frustrating at times, but necessary. >> reporter: it's a new role and some soldiers here are struggling to adjust. richard engel, nbc news, nasiriyah. back here in washington, the house today passed a $15 billion jobs bill. the package awards tax breaks for businesses who hire workers who were unemployed and extends breaks for companies that spend money on equipment and other capital investments. the bill now must be reconciled
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with the senate version before it can go on to the president's desk for signature. also here in washington today, veteran michigan democratic congressman sanford levin took the gavel of the ways and means committee. just yesterday charlie rangle of new york toowhat he calls a leave of absence of chairman because of his growing ethics trouble. budget troubles in california spilling into the streets today. that state's deficit $20 billion, forced deep cuts in education among other things. now students faced with higher prices, fewer teachers are sending a message that they are not happy about it. our own miguel almaguer joins us tonight from oakland. >> reporter: the reason behind those budget deficit cuts are why so many people are outraged here today. across california, at more than 100 campuses, tens of thousands
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of students and teachers voiced their anger over soaring tuition and deep budget cuts. in berkeley, students barricaded the campus. in davis, students tried to shut down interstate 80. in san diego, the losses of students, teachers and classes were counted on a scoreboard. with tuition hikes have you thought about dropping out? >> yes. >> reporter: anthony hopkins is a full-time student but must work two part-time jobs and take out loans to finish school. his tuition soared 32%. today's day of action called march 4th went viral on social networking sites. facebook and twitter spread the call to demonstrate after a protest last week in berkley turned violent. protests on college campuses today were also mobile. students overtook local streets for hours. walkouts and sit-ins took place in high schools, even grade schools, where 19,000 public
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school teachers have received pink slips. tuition at many california universities has increased up to $8,000 since these students enrolled. anger is aimed at law makers in sacramento who have allowed education cuts. >> we have two sources of money for educating students, the state money and student fees. as the state money goes down, it's inevitable that the student fees must go up. our hands are tied. >> reporter: nationwide, 11 states saw a decline of more than 20% for higher education in just the last ten years. student protests were loud, but mostly peaceful. in milwaukee, there were a handful of arrests. with california state budget deficit of $20 billion, higher education funding is at its lowest level in 27 years. protestors and university leaders agree that education should be a right and not a privilege, but getting a higher education has never been this expensive and many say the stakes have never been this
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high, brian? >> miguel almaguer in the bay area for us. thanks. we turn to south america now with the latest of chile, where another powerful quake struck just today, hundreds of miles north of santiago. this measured 6.3. the u.s. geological survey tells us this is not considered an aftershock to saturday's quake but another earthquake all its own. the first one this weekend left such devastation that it's only now our nbc news crew has been able to make it to the area closest to the epicenter itself, and tonight mark potter has our report. >> reporter: the village of curanipe was at the heart of the earthquake. because it was so dangerously close, most of it is gone now. this woman and her husband lost all their business. "thank god we are alive here.
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you can't imagine what happened," she says. the downtown area was ripped apart, first by the earthquake, then by the tsunami with three giant waves. "we heard behind us all the trees falling and a lot of screams. people screaming they needed a lot of help," said marco who ran as fast as he could to escape the rising water. today rescue workers searched for the bodies of 40 campers who were unable to escape the tsunami. more than two dozen bodies have already been found around town. economically curanipe has been devastated. the entire fishing industry here has been wiped out. boats tossed ashore, restaurants destroyed. this fisherman and his wife have nothing left to work with. "i lost all my equipment, my boat, my motor, my nets, everything." an irony many people here are talking about is that this is a town that depends and thrives on what it gets from the sea, but now that the sea has taken so
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much back, many people here for the first time are afraid of it. at the inlet to curanipe are monuments blessing the fishermen. just beyond them is a town where all those fishermen and everyone else are reeling from disaster. mark potter, nbc news, curanipe, chile. when "nightly news" continues on a thursday night, the ingredient in so much of what americans eat, whether they know it or not. winning the battle on the home front. hey can i play with the toys ?
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with liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney disease, or nursing women. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take and if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. blood tests are needed before and during treatment to check for liver problems. contact your doctor if you develop unexplained muscle pain or akness, as this can be a sign of a rare but serious side effect. this risk may be increased when trilipix is used with a statin. if you cannot afford your medication, call 1-866-4-trilipix for more information. trilipix. there's more to cholesterol. get the picture. the food and drug administration is recalling a widely used food flavoring linked to possible salmonella
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contamination. it's called hydrolyzed vegetable protein or hvp in the trade. it can be found in soups and snack foods, hot dogs, chile, salad dressings, literally thousands of products across this country. the flavoring being recalled is made by a company called basic food flavors of las vegas, nevada. you can find a link to the products involved on our website tonight, that's no reports of any lnesses. our own tom costello reports that a lot of the food products involved are cooked which minimizes the risk off the bat. we have news on a common ingredient many try to avoid, but has a way of sneaking into the american diet in some of the most unlikely places that can add up to a serious health hazard. with our series of reports called "personal best" here this week, here is nbc's anne thompson.
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>> reporter: the american diet is stuck in a blizzard of salt. most healthy people should have about a teaspoon a day, but on average we consume nearly twice that amount. to shake the habit we turn to thmayo clinic. >> over 3/4 of the salt we get in our diet comes from processed food. >> reporter: it is a stealth ingredient, described on food labels as sodium. this looks like a healthy way to start the day. >> it is if you are not looking at sodium. in this cereal here which is about one cup of cereal there are 420 milligrams of sodium. with the milk, that is about 20% of the sodium people should consume in a day. >> reporter: 20%? it's toasted wheat. >> it's cereal. it's one of those foods you don't think of being high in sodium, but many cereals are. one cup of tomato juice, 480 milligrams of sodium. so there is another 20%. by the time you walk out the door after breakfast here you
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used up 40% of your sodium of the day in these two foods. >> reporter: is there a kid in america who hasn't had chicken nuggets? >> this seems like a small amount. still another 20% of daily salt intake in the chicken nuggets here. >> reporter: if you find all th information a little hard to digest, here is an easier way to keep an eye on your sodium intake. just remember two numbers, 5 and 20. then look at the label for the daily value or dv percentage. >> 5% or less of the daily value is considered low. 20% or more of the daily value is considered high. >> reporter: lesley and bob both have hypertension and try to keep salt out of their lives literally. >> we put it out for company. >> we don't put it on the table. >> reporter: keep it off the table and items high in sodium out of your grocery cart. when it comes to salt, less is more.
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anne thompson, nbc news, rochester, minnesota. by the way, there is more information including some better options you can find by logging on to our website on wall street today, stocks moved higher. the dow closing up more than 47 points on the day's trading. when "nightly news" continues this thursday, imagine flying without having to take continue shoes? thursday, imagine flying without having to take off your shoes? 5 years. i do remember sitting down with my boys, and i'm like, "oh, promise mommy you'll never ever pick up a cigarette." and brian looked at me at eight years old and said, "promise me you'll quit." i had to quit. ♪ my doctor gave me a prescription for chantix, a medication i could take and still smoke, while it built up in my system. [ male announcer ] chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of treatment,
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this was the scene onboard the cruise ship the luis majesty as it was hit yesterday by a 26-foot wave off the coast of spain, part of a bad weather system that's been whipping parts of europe. amateur video taken by a passenger shows the panic that broke out as the wave, you see there, smashed through windows and started flooding into the restaurant. in the incident, two people were
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killed. seven others injured. a couple of aviation items in the news tonight. both having to do with our new era in the skies. first of all, all you veteran fliers know you try to book a seat in the exit row despite the added responsibility just for the extra leg ro. this month continental airlines will become just the latest carrier to charge passengers for the privilege of booking seats with extra leg room in the exit row. the price will vary, but could be up to $59 on some flights. airways, airtran, jetblue are among others charging such premiums for such premium seating. and you may soon be able to keep your shoes on when you head through security. the transportation security administration, the tsa says it plans to buy new devices that will allow the scanning of shoes while they're stl on your feet. oe scanners are already in use, as you may know, at some airports overseas. you'll see the first few
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machines at what they are calling select u.s. airports. this winter's freeze in florida has led to a tomato shortage that now has prices soaring if you haven't noticed, up to five times higher than this same time last year. the shortage is causing some fast food chains to run out of tomatoes. others have stopped automatically including them on sandwiches. if you want a slice of tomato at many chain restaurants these days, you have to ask. we'll take a break and we are back in a moment with a message that clicked for a lot of people. a message that clicked for a lot of people. i'm lindy. and i'm joni. we've been best friends since we were two. we've always been alike. we even both have osteoporosis. but we're active, especially when we vacation. so when i heard about reclast, the only once-a-year iv osteoporosis treatment, i called joni. my doctor said reclast helps re-strengthen our bones to help make them resistant to fracture for twelve whole months.
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we are back with our "making a difference" tonight. a lot of civilians go on with their lives and don't dwell much on thoughts of those in uniform in faraway places. we saw some in iraq earlier on the broadcast tonight. for every one of them, there are loved ones back here at home who are part of that deployment, the journey,art of the sacrifice. one military spouse, her husband, a veteran of three
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afghanistan deployments and awaiting another, decided she could make a difference for others by just talking about what it's like. her story tonight from nbc's roger o'neil. >> reporter: the words, the lessons, the frustrations of life from army wife rebecca. >> it's hard. very hard. >> reporter: feelings shared by tens of thousands of other military spouses who are as battle-fatigued as their loved ones in uniform. there is a famous old saying if the army wanted you to have a wife they would have issued you one. we are in that gray area because we are not in the military, but we feel like we are. >> reporter: she is sharing the good, the bad, the ugly in operation marriage, an increasingly popular blog for


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